Our Board

Keri Barnett

Board Chair

Keri is passionate about the Outdoors and Education. She has worked in this field for the past 35 years. She has a degree in Physical Education and instructed for Outward Bound both in Aotearoa and Internationally. Keri teaches at Dunstan High School in Alexandra. 

She believes in the magic that being in the outdoor environment can do. The potential it gives for people to grow, to share, be challenged and inspired.

Keri is committed to volunteering and giving back to community. She served on the New Zealand Himalayan Trust Board for 6 year in an Education role and has been part of Education delivery on the ground in Nepal. She has been involved in a number of community projects here in Central Otago.

Keri and her partner have raised two daughters in beautiful Central Otago and are grateful to be part of a wonderful community. Keri describes the Outdoors as her “happy place” and is often found with family and friends out there having adventures. She brings experience to the board in Education, risk management, policy and good Governance practice.

Journeys encompasses all that she lives by and she feels privileged to be involved in such a wonderful local organisation.

Penny Smale


Penny is a mother of two living in Alexandra and working fulltime as a Science Technician. She is passionate about all sorts of outdoor adventuring. After spending ten years in the Computer industry and travelling she changed course and gained a Doctorate in Antarctic Science. 

She has served in a diverse  range of governing roles on committees including Secretary and Treasurer of Mountainbikers of Alexandra, Treasurer of Omakau and Districts Playcentre, Treasurer of Toy library, President of Plunket, and Captain then President of the University of Canterbury Canoe Club. She helped found Journeys as well as the Central Otago Orienteering Club, both of which she continues to be heavily involved with today.  She brings a variety of outdoor experience and technical expertise to the board.

Kim Froggatt


Kim co-founded Journeys with Megan and Penny way back in 2019 and has been hooked ever since! She is now a trustee, contracts as one of the 2 Journeys programme managers and volunteers as a Journeys Instructor. She has a background in Outdoor instructing, with time spent working for Christchurch YMCA, Outward Bound and most recently Dunstan High School. Kim loves being involved in all levels of Journeys; being able to adventure alongside kōhine, support our amazing volunteer instructors and also contribute to long-term strategy and board decisions is a real plus. She is passionate about continuing to grow an organisation that enriches the lives of its volunteers and improves the hauora of young people.

Megan Longman


Megan is a physiotherapist and mum of three and has lived in Central Otago her whole life apart from when at university. She started exploring the concept of a girls outdoor programme with a particular focus on growing confidence and connecting people in 2017, but it wasn’t until the right people came together that the inaugural pilot and subsequent creation of the Journeys Charitable Trust were able to happen in 2019. Megan brings passion and creativity to the Journeys board and is highly motivated and organised, forming a valuable link between the governance and operational activities.

Christine Lanham


Christine lives in Alexandra and is a senior solicitor for the Ministry for the Environment. She was previously a lawyer with Checketts McKay Law, General Counsel for Trade Me, Telecom’s Environmental Manager, a Parliamentary researcher and a ski instructor in New Zealand and Colorado. 
She joined Journeys Charitable Trust as a Trustee in 2020, and has served on the boards of Netsafe, anti-bullying charity Sticks ‘n’ Stones, St Gerard’s School and as President of Kopuwai Early Learning Centre. 
As a Mum of three, she enjoys mountain biking and adventuring in Central Otago with family and friends, and loves seeing how the connections made while exploring outdoors build confidence and wellbeing.

Georgie McLean


Georgie was born and bred in Central Otago. Georgie is a Director at ICL Chartered Accountants and a mum of two primary aged children.   She has a keen interest in governance and joined Journeys Charitable Trust as a Trustee in 2021 and is also currently on the board of Trustees at Alexandra Primary School.  Outside of this she is very keen on the outdoors and the significant benefits it offers us as individuals, whether it is on her mountain bike or running/exploring in the hills.

Our Strategic Plan

Our 2023-2025 Strategic Plan was created by our board of trustees through a number of externally facilitated sessions and included our research into the most important issues facing young women now and into the future.